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Let Me Dream Again (1900)

A man dreams he is flirting with an attractive young lady, then he wakes up in bed next to his wife.
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A man and woman festively dressed in costumes are dreaming. They wake to drink, play, and smoke. He snuggles her; she's happily willing. Suddenly, the scene ends and he's but a homely man in a loveless bed with a homely woman - husband and wife. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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August 1900 (UK)  »

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Hagyj újra álmodni!  »

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Possibly the first use of the camera technique of "focus pulling, in which an image (the man shown kissing a beautiful woman) blurs and dissolves into a clear image (the man shown kissing his less-attractive wife), which is meant to show someone experiencing a dream or fantasy, then being brought about to reality. See more »

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Featured in Silent Britain (2006) See more »

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Basic gag but noticeable for inventing the "dream sequence" wipe technique that we still use today
21 April 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

An old man flirts with a pretty young woman and gets very amorous, only for the reality of his situation to become horribly apparent to him! This is a very simple film with one gag to deliver and a short time to do it in. The joke is funnier than it sounds mainly because the manner of delivery of the punch line is good. It has enough time at the end to milk the gag so it does tend to work. Contrast this with the French short that repeated it less successfully the following year where the delivery was the problem and the punch line felt like it was delivered in a rush without allowing the actors to react.

Of more note is the way that the film moves from dream sequence to reality. The film goes out of focus and when it returns we are in the second scene. It is now a common effect and we all clearly know what it means but this film was the first known example of it being used.


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